Nerida leads both our Africa Team and the development and implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategy in Africa which includes managing collaboration with our National Partnerships, coalitions, member organisations and relevant African institutions. Nerida is a human rights defender from Kenya, with over seventeen years’ experience working on social justice, human rights and legal sectors in the East and Horn of Africa region. She holds a Master of Laws degree (in Public International Law) and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 2006.
Before joining Girls Not Brides, Nerida gained valuable experience working with global, regional and national development organizations committed to promoting social change, human rights, and equality. She has helped design and draft policy and rights-based legislation that promote a culture of equality and non-discrimination. She has authored articles and publications on access to justice, prevention of sexual violence, forced migration and peace and security in Africa. Additionally, Nerida played a significant role as a founding trustee of the Kenya National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders. Presently, she actively serves as volunteer Board member of Akili Dada, an organization that serves as a leadership incubator for girls and young women with a strong drive for fostering social change.
Nerida lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and is fluent in both English and Kiswahili.